Happy Valentine’s Day guys! Yay, another day reminding you that you’re single whether you like it or not. I am currently in Beijing working on a couple dating-related (and some just for fun) projects. The dating scene here is borderline absurd where men outnumber women 3:1 but expats know China to be a notorious easy lay. Who knew such a conservative culture on the outside would hide so much promiscuity underneath. Trust me, I could write a whole book on it (and I will). And if you’re a guy not getting enough ass in the US, you should come to China. But don’t expect “Me love you long time.” It’ll be more like, “Me love you tonight or until I find out you’re dirt ass poor.”
OK, back to Valentine’s Day. The topic of dating has become the most popular thing in China with hundreds of dating shows, matchmaking services, and online dating sites popping up by the second. In the past, people traditionally met by being introduced by family or co-workers. Now, young Chinese adults have taken on more non-traditional approaches to dating. One of which is through the most downloaded app in China called Weixin, available for Android and Apple.
This free app is available in English and Chinese and after downloading it for only 2 days, I’ve already decided that it is perfect for the single and bored. So the basic functions are:
- SMS anyone in your phonebook without using up your text message allowance
- Send instant audio messages (way better than voicemail)
- Send bulk messages
- Search for friends
- Find people within a 1000m radius through an advanced geo-location service
But here’s some of the kinky stuff you can do:
- Strike up a conversation with any of the strangers you find through the geo-location search. Everyone has a profile pic and a brief intro so you can weed out the uglies.
- The “Shake” (摇一摇）function asks you to shake your phone and if other people (strangers or friends) happen to shake their phone at the same time, you’re instantly connected and can initiate a conversation with each other. I was at a dinner where someone told me that her brother in Australia found his current girlfriend through this function. Apparently, Weixin has reached more than 100 million shakes a day, meaning over 100 million strangers are connecting daily.
- My favorite is the “Drift Bottle” function, which can be really quirky and naughty. You have two selections: 1) You write/record a message and “throw” it out into the cybersea, or 2) You pick up a random message and respond to the stranger if you choose to. It may seem innocent enough but last night while using this function, I thought I was in the middle of some weird cyber porno. I “threw” out the audio message “I love cake!” and got several replies along the lines of “Is it as yummy as you?” “I’ll eat it if it’s on you,” and the most forward, “I want to eat you.” Now I’m dating all 3 guys. (haha, j/k)
So there are 50 million Weixin users with the majority being between 22-30. It helps if you know Chinese but many of the users are non-Chinese and/or know English. But that may also be because I’m using it in China. How about you guys try it in the states and tell me who you find?
And just a word of caution from my friend PK: people always look better as a thumbnail. Make sure you ask for more pics before you meet up with these randos.
If you want to find more dating apps, check out Apps Magazine: The Best dating Apps